The overflow in all regional rescue programs in the tristate area has required longer periods of foster care and many more requests for Dog food.
Al Gerecke has been added to our foster group. He fed 4 dogs at sand island for two weeks but was unable to catch them. We were finally able to live trap them( 3 at one time!), spay/neuter at Dusty Paws and move to a temporary 12 foot by 12 foot holding area behind Al’s where he continues to foster. Janna and Steve Simpson continue to foster 4 adorable puppies from Monument Valley. A mom and two 6 month old juveniles from Red Valley south of Shiprock had to be moved from Janna’s when they failed get along with the 4 from Monument Valley. Off they went to Glen and Dudley’s side yard-very friendly.
While we have rescued only 9 dogs this month, we had a rather dramatic rescue of a dog hit by a car in Montezuma Creek. The dog’s back legs were paralyzed and it had to be dragged out from under a trailer, transported to Underdog in Blanding, and then to a vet in Moab, where recovery is guarded but possible.
Dusty Paws has provided 5 dog spay/neuters and 3 cat spay/neuters. We’ve made 18 trips this month to Cortez, Moab, Shiprock, Red Mesa and Montezuma Creek areas, traveling 1020 miles and delivering 1586 pounds of dog food (900 pounds donated by Underdog) plus 1 case of canned food.
What more can I say? BARC desperately needs donations to pay for more dog food. ARF! ARF!
Four fosters have helped BARC get through another month. Steve and Janna Simpson have fostered a nursing mom dog and 6 puppies for the entire month and 4 four week old puppies that were dropped off in Monument Valley June 23rd.
Heather Jemmott, from Red Mesa, has fostered 3 adults for the entire month. “They just show up at my house and don”t leave”.
Priscilla Sagg has been fostering 2 nursing mom dogs and 11 puppies since June 23 also.
Andora Holly has fostered a mom dog, a six month old and a three month old. All now now fully vaccinated and the mom spayed.
BARC paid for two spays at Dusty Paws and provided 21 vaccinations. We drove 320 miles to deliver 757 pounds of dog food, along with three cases of canned food and two cans of powdered puppy milk. We transported 13 dogs to Underdog in Moab and adopted 1 puppy from Janna”s puppy pen.
Funds are needed. Our dog food supply is dwindling. Please donate if you can. Donations are tax deductible.
BARC supports foster care. That is all we do, now that”kennel” locations have been eliminated in the Town of Bluff. But foster support is huge and sorely needed. This month, we supported 9 different fosters, providing dry dog food &/or canned dog food for nursing moms.
Through these efforts, we have helped rescue 18 puppies, 4 nursing moms, and 3 adult females. We have vaccinated 13 dogs, paid for two spays, provided three cases of canned dog food, 300 pounds of dry dog food and driven 340 miles.
Due to high demand, Underdog in Moab has not been able to accept transfers at all, or has had to place our rescues on a long waiting list. Cortez , Durango, and Farmington shelters have told us they will only accept local animals.
Timing of incoming demands and outgoing placement is the critical issue.
If you pick up a stray dog in Bluff, you are the foster for an indefinite time. We will continue to support you with dog food and a temporary holding pen if available.
Our deep appreciation goes out to Steve and Janna Simpson and Heather Jemmott of Red Mesa Chapter area for their continued care and feeding of strays that end up on their doorstep.
Please contact BARC (435-979-2079) if you are able to provide temporary foster care, even if only for a week or two at a time. Donations are needed to pay for food and veterinary care.
Final amendments for kennel location options are still pending from Planning and Zoning Commission.
In the meantime, foster care has been provided by BARC staff and the Simpson’s at the Simpson’s fenced in yard. During this month, 6 females, 6 males and 5 puppies have been rescued. The longest distance for pick up was 120 miles at Sheep Springs , New Mexico, where a spay/neuter clinic was held. Underdog had more surrenders from that clinic than they had room for. They called me to foster a mom dog with 5 four week old puppies. In addition, 2 strays were rescued by Georgianna at 3 am near her yard. Another stray was dropped off by a tourist who visited the Sand Island dog magnet on their way to Grand Junction.
We delivered and used 390 pounds of dog food, along with 2 cases of canned dog food, and travelled 740 miles to pick up animals and deliver dog food.
The highlight this month has been watching this great mom dog nurse her 5 puppies.
A new permanent kennel site is still in limbo. Options will be presented by Planning and Zoning soon. Then we would need a lease and a land use clearance, including access.
Meanwhile, we continue using help from temporary fosters: Cookie Powell, Elizabeth Warren, Paula Allen, and Janna and Steve Simpson. Guymon property south of town may be an option, but access and distance are issues.
We have rescued five adult dogs and 19 puppies, providing 6 transports and delivering 280 pounds of dog food, while traveling 645 miles. We have adopted 3 dogs and vaccinated 25.
Temporary short term fosters are always needed. We can place an igloo and a 4X6X8 kennel in your yard if you would be willing to join our foster program for a short period of time. Call Dudley - 435-979-2079. Our revenue exceeds expenses this month due to many generous donations.
Within 10 minutes of receiving a call from Montezuma Creek that the mother of these 10 five day old puppies had died, I was on the road with a hot water bottle to pick them up.
I first called Underdog to alert them to look for a foster and sent word out to the Bluff community. I also asked Ed Dobson to meet me at bench road on top of cow canyon. In less than 1 hour from time of pick up, Ed had delivered them to Amber in Monticello. She stayed up all night bottle feeding them, and drove them to Moab the next morning where this wonderful moma dog who had weaned two of her own 2 weeks ago accepted them. All ten are doing well.
- Dudley Beck
The closure of our kennels in Bluff in September of 2021 due to valid noise complaints has had a tremendous impact on our ability to provide temporary local housing for rescued animals. The demand, however, has not lessened. Our work has continued with the help of many generous people providing foster care for weeks or even months at a time, while awaiting available space and transport to Underdog Rescue in Moab. Our hearts and gratitude goes out to our fosters: Priscilla Sagg, Marie Redhouse, Cornelia Yellowman, Cookie and Marx Powell, Dianna Yazzie, Heather Jemmott, Ginelle Howell, Georgianna and Steve Simpson, Natalie Dixon, Jessica Holiday, Amy Duckmiller, Martina Maryboy, Irene Begay, Melanie Kranz, Beverly Whitehair, Frances Van Der Stappen and theYamamoto family.
A special thanks is due for Lois Young. On November 18, Dusty Paws received a 90-pound abused and neglected Mastiff with severe lacerations encircling its neck. It manifested a fear of men, cowering in the corner of Greg’s clinic. After the surgical repair of the neck wounds, the profound fear of men made further management a serious problem. The dire situation had Greg considering euthanasia, something he was very reticent to do. Lois, a BARC volunteer, heard about the dog and stopped by to see it at the clinic. She immediately bonded with Hugo, and a management plan was established. BARC staff, with Lois’s help, would provide medication, care and feeding , using Greg’s facilities. Because of the strong bond with Lois, Hugo”s care has fallen primarily to Lois, who, to this day continues to visit him 3-4 times a day. Arrangements have been made with the Arizona Mastiff Rescue group in Phoenix to adopt Hugo, but weather and staff availability issues have delayed the transport. Lois continues to Jan 3, 2021 care for this traumatized sweet dog. He would not still be alive without her loving care.
BARC has provided over 800 pounds of dog food to our fosters, and 46 vaccinations of animals in their care. Paul, Ed, and Dudley have travelled 2500 miles picking up dogs in Mexican Water, Mexican Hat, Monument Valley, Red Mesa, Bluff, and Montezuma Creek, and transporting them to Monticello and Moab. These efforts have allowed us to rescue 25 dogs and 25 puppies, the youngest being 2 weeks old. Until such time that our kennels can be relocated, we must continue to rely on our generous fosters.
Please contact us if you are able and willing to provide safe dog care for even a few days or weeks. We will need additional dollars when we relocate our kennels. Please donate now to BARC, if you can. Your tax deductible contributions are sorely needed.
Happy New Year, Dudley Beck, BARC President
A Dog Deluge Has Arrived In Bluff!
Or so it has seemed to those of us receiving the demand. This period of time has delivered to us, in one way or another, 86 dogs, of which 62 were puppies. We provided a total of 270 dog days of foster care, live trapped 6 dogs, and gave out 650 pounds of dog food to needy dog owners.
We traveled far and wide to pick up animals: eight times to Montezuma Creek, once to Mexican Water, once to Mexican Hat, and twice to Kayenta.
We vaccinated and dewormed 36 animals, and paid for 6 neuters and 2 spays at Dusty Paws.
Paul and Dudley helped for two days in Dennehotso, Arizona at the vaccine, spay and neuter clinic and one day at the vaccine, spay and neuter clinic in Newcomb, New Mexico.
BARC provided 10 transports from Bluff to Moab, one transport direct from Mexican Hat to Moab, and one transport from Bluff to Cortez.
Our closest near miss involved the transport of a pregnant mom dog that immediately delivered 9 puppies in the vet office upon arrival.
Our even more exciting event was the delivery of 9 (2 stillborns) here in Bluff. One of these died prior to the transport of all to Moab four days later.
Available space (kennels) continues to be a juggling act as we frequently fill up before Underdog in Moab has space for them at their facility.
Tax deductible donations continue to support our efforts. Our entire board wishes to thank all of our generous donors.
TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL.
OUR RESCUE EFFORTS HAVE TAKEN US LOCALLY TO BLUFF, SAND ISLAND,WHITE ROCK,LITTLE WATER, RED MESA ROAD,MCCRACKEN MESA, AND MONTEZUMA CREEK.WE HAVE ALSO BEEN CALLED TO MEXICAN HAT, DOUGLAS MESA, MONUMENT VALLEY, KAYENTA, AND BLACK MESA.
WE HAVE PROVIDED 420 POUNDS OF ADULT DOG FOOD,162 POUNDS OF PUPPY CHOW AND FIVE CASES OF CANNED DOG FOOD TO PEOPLE WILLING TO FOSTER YOUNG PUPPIES UNTIL OLD ENOUGH TO VACCINATE.
WE HAVE VACCINATED 27 DOGS AND 5 CATS. WE HAVE RESCUED 5 NURSING MOMS, 20 PUPPIES,AND 9 OTHER ADULT DOGS, THREE OF WHICH HAD TO BE LIVE TRAPPED.
AT DUSTY PAWS, WE HAVE SPAYED TWO DOGS AND TWO CATS, AND NEUTERED ONE FERAL CAT. ED DOBSON HAS PROVIDED NUMEROUS TRANSPORTS TO UNDERDOG IN MOAB WHERE MANY OF OUR ADOPTIONS TAKE PLACE. THE SUPPORT OF MANY DONORS HAS ALLOWED US TO CONTINUE OUR WORK.
THANK YOU SO MUCH,
DUDLEY BECK, BARC PRESIDENT